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How to Combat Headaches the Natural Way

Many people just reach for an aspirin when they get a headache. This may seem like a simple solution, but pain relievers can have side effects that may be worse than headache. It is always a good idea to seek a natural way to combat headaches rather than running to the medicine chest for every ache and pain.

Once a person is used to finding a natural way to fight headaches, it is usually easier to single out the real cause of the headache. Pain relievers can be used to bandage over the root cause of the headache, such as dehydration, excessive caffeine or alcohol consumption or a stressful lifestyle. These root causes can be identified and eliminated, which is the most natural way of dealing with headaches.

Natural remedies for headaches need not be difficult to find. You can simply relax in a hot bath and feel immediate relief from your symptoms. Many people find that hot and/or cold compresses do the trick. Try adding fragrant herbs, such as rosemary, to your hot compresses, since aromatherapy is often quite an effective treatment for headaches. Herbs such as feverfew, valerian, skullcap and lavender are often used effectively for headaches, and can be taken in pill form or drunk as a tea.

If you have persistent headaches, it might be a good idea to find natural ways of treating your discomfort such as acupuncture or acupressure. Learning the basic techniques of Indian head massage and do wonders for headaches, improve circulation to brain and can increase immunity.